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God and King : The Devaraja Cult in South Asian Art and Architecture : Proceedings of the Seminar

Arputha Rani Sengupta

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ISBN 10: 8189233262 / ISBN 13: 9788189233266
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Contents Foreword. 1. The God King and the Cloud Maiden royal ritual and urban form at Sigiriya/Senake Bandaranayake. 2. A plausible explanation of the origin of the Devaraja Cult in ancient India/M.L. Nigam. 3. Gods and kings who would be Gods/Muthusamy Varadarajan. 4. Cultural contacts of South India and South East and Far East Asia an exploration of the phenomenon of the Devaraja Cult/Raju Poundurai. 5. The concept of divine theory of sovereignty in west and Central Asia as depicted in literature and the arts/Mansura Haidar. 6. Apotheosis of the Indonesian king in Singasari dynasty/Shashibala. 7. Exploring the idea of divine kingship through Bharatanatyam/Parul Pandya Dhar. 8. Devaraja in Cambodian History/Lokesh Chandra. 9. The Devaraja Cult and Khmer architecture/Bachchan Kumar. 10. Kingship and the cult of Devaraja in Kampuchea/B.L. Nagarch. 11. The Devaraja Cult inscriptional art and architectural evidences from Cambodia/Sachchidanand Sahai. 12. Devaraja in the Pallava and the Chola times/R. Nagaswamy. 13. The Devaraja concept in ancient Tamilakam numismatic and art historical evidences/S. Suresh. 14. Portraits of the Thanjavur Nayak Kings and their worship/Kudavayil Balasubramanian. 15. The Devaraja Cult at the crossroads of cultures/Arputha Rani Sengupta. Suggested Readings. George Cedes and K. Ananda Coomaraswamy made astute observations on the cult of deified royalty in South Asia for the first time. The cult of Devaraja or God King was the Cambodian state religion while it may have originated in Java under the great Shrivijaya Empire at a time when it exercised some control over Cambodia and Siam. Of the thirteen temples attributed to the Khmer Kings in Cambodia six were certainly dedicated between the ninth and eleventh centuries to the royal linga. A seventh Angkor Wat became the mausoleum of its founder Suryavarman II. And finally Bayon built at the end of the twelfth century was installed with an image of Jayabuddha named after Jayavarman VII. The focus of the new cult instituted by Jayavarman II was a deity known in Khmer language as the master of the world who is the king the equivalent in Sanskrit being Devaraja. The Cambodian version is similar to the Hindu cult of the world ruler the Chakravartin. In Asia the king did become God and all power religious and secular was centered in him. The task of tracing the Devaraja Cult is simplified in a series of temple mountains where the consecrated image is associated by its name with the kingly founder thus revealing several Devaraja in a flourishing cult. In the cult a unique image created in a particular era was passed on to the successor. The hypothesis of a single Devaraja venerated as a deity throughout the centuries ought to raise some difficulties. The Devaraja Cult in India as elsewhere in Asia is unique when considered as a philosophical and religious conception that coincides with the veneration of ancestors and guardians of the soil. It seems that the originality of the Devaraja Cult lay in the integration of the personal cult of the king into a system in which the deification of the eternal principle of royalty was adopted to ensure stability peace and prosperity. On 27 and 28 March 2001 distinguished scholars gathered in the National Museum New Delhi to discuss the influence of the royal cult in Asian art and architecture which merits greater attention. The proceedings published in this volume it is hoped is a fitting tribute to Dr. Grace Mac Cann Morley who encouraged advancement of knowledge in order to place the material culture of India in its historical and cultural context. 154 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 55849

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Study of the notion of God King in South Asia and its appearance in South East Asia. Proceedings of a major international conference. 15 essays, many illus. excellent production.

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